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Dark Chocolate Almond Lacey cookies (Trader Joe’s knockoff)

I was recently at work one evening, and a container of cookies from Trader Joe’s had been left out on the counter in a break room for anyone to try. Whoever was kind enough to leave it their for coworkers probably didn’t intend housekeeping staff to partake as well, but I couldn’t help myself. :0) A thin, bumpy wafer type cookie with dark chocolate looked quite appealing. I’d never seen this type of cookie before, but after my first crunchy bite I knew I had found my next love! Cookie love that is!

That night after I got home from work I went strait to the computer to see if I could find a recipe for Dark Chocolate Almond Laceys’. There were several for these types of cookies, also called ‘Florentines’. I checked one of my recipe books too, and there they were! Bonus~ there are delightful shape variations for the cookies that are very simple to make!

Chopped almonds and flour mixed in with a sugary buttery syrup (not unlike toffee), a little vanilla, a quick chill to solidify the dough and you’re ready to go! Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat are essential for this recipe!! Do not attempt without! These little cookies will stick like glue to anything but these. Trust me….
When they come out of the oven you MUST let them cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes until they set up a bit before removing them. Then if you act quickly, they are mold-able into any shape you can imagine. If they cool too much and become brittle, just pop them back in the oven for a minute or two.

These shapes I created with the top of my pepper grinder (roundish) and a wooden spoon handle. There are endless possibilities for these. The rolled ones could be a lovely addition to your morning coffee or tea. Or as a garnish for a banana split or a slice of pecan pie…
Imagine little Lacey ‘bowls’ filled with a scoop of homemade ice cream, or a summer fruit compote… Now that I think about it I should have been more prepared with these things to share in my photos… Hind sight is 20/20… anyway I hope you get the picture. I will be adding these to my Christmas cookie baking bonanza for sure. They are wonderful. Try them!

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Dark Chocolate Almond Lacey cookies (Trader Joe’s knockoff)

4 from 1 review

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
  • Yield: 45 1x


Chopped almonds and flour mixed in with a sugary buttery syrup (toffee) to make these cookies, with a melted dark chocolate center.


  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Hershey’s or other dark chocolate chips


  1. Pulse almonds in a food processor until finely chopped. Add to a mixing bowl along with the flour, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.
  2. Combine sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture comes to a rolling boil and sugar is dissolved. Boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour sugar mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Chill dough for about 30 minutes.
  4. While the dough is in the fridge, set your oven to heat to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. Scoop round balls approximately a teaspoon in size (or 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter) and place on baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. They need plenty of room to spread. Bake one sheet at a time until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  6. Let cookies cool for 2 or 3 minutes on baking sheet before removing them and shaping them if desired.
  7. To create classic cookies, melt chocolate chips in a heat proof container in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until melted, stirring in between. Spread a thin layer of chocolate over the underside of a cookie and squish another cookie of the same size/shape on top. Let chocolate harden and serve.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

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    1. Good question. Here’s some info I found from MyRecipes.com: ‘You can replace 1 cup of light corn syrup with 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water or other liquid used in the recipe.’ So if you don’t have corn syrup in your cupboard you could try this instead. I also know a lot of people out there like to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Corn Syrup you purchase in a bottle and use in a recipe like this is not HFCS. They are somewhat different. I hope this info helps answer your question :0)

  1. Do the cookies come out crispy if you let them cool? I have tried three different recipes so far, and all of them are too soft to resemble the Trader Joe’s which are crunchy

    1. Yes! These do come out crispy when cooled completely. I’m sorry you have had to try several different recipes to finally find the right one. Good luck!

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